April 13, 2024


  • 11:00 am - 11:45 am
  •    |   Location of Session: East Terrace
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:00 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

US Army veteran Matt Gallagher draws on his time in Ukraine for his latest novel, Daybreak. Vincent Cooper’s Infidelis is a powerful collection of poetry that delves into the life of a Chicano outcast, drawing from the author’s personal experiences as a United States Marine. These two authors will talk about writing as veterans, and idealism and its costs.

About the Authors

Vincent Cooper - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Courtesy of Vincent Cooper

Vincent Cooper

Vincent Cooper is the author of Where the Reckless Ones Come to Die and Zarzamora – Poetry of Survival. Cooper’s poems can be found in Huizache 6Huizache 8riverSedgeSomos en escritoDryland Lit. He is the co-editor of the poetry anthology Good Cop/Bad Cop. He is also a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Cooper is a former United States Marine currently living in the southside of San Antonio, TX. His latest poetry collection is Infidelis

Matt Gallagher - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is a US Army veteran and the author of four books, including the novel Youngblood. His work has appeared in Esquire, ESPN, The New York TimesThe Paris Review, and Wired, among others. A graduate of Wake Forest and Columbia University, he is the recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship, a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Fellowship, and was selected as the 2022 Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Writer-in-Residence. He lives with his family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His latest novel is Daybreak. 


Matt Gallagher - The San Antonio Book Festival

Sarah Colby

Sarah Colby has an exuberant interest in making the ordinary luminous. She is currently working on a manuscript of poems gathered from her experiences and travels as a military spouse. Wife of a reluctantly retired Army Chaplain and mother to a son in the Navy, Sarah lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she mentors veteran/military writing groups and teaches in community-based writing programs.

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